Medical professionals are bound by law to do no harm to the patients that they treat. But this is not always the case. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country; only heart disease and cancer kill more people than errors made by trained and supposedly dedicated people in the medical community. You have a reasonable right to believe that you will not be harmed by the actions of the doctors, nurses, and other staff that attend to your medical care when you go to your regular provider or seek out the services of a specialist. However, millions of people are injured by medical errors each year, some significantly so. If you are among them, then you owe it to yourself and the patients who will come after you to speak up and hold the medical professional in question accountable for his or her actions. Russell and Hill has a history of helping medical malpractice claimants settle their cases with the accountable party and their insurers. Reach out to our medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible following your injury.
Misdiagnosis, or diagnostic errors, is the most common type of medical negligence that results in medical malpractice claims. They also happen to be the most costly, representing the highest percentage of total malpractice claim payments at 35.2 percent as of 2017. If you adjust the numbers for inflation, the payouts for diagnosis-related malpractice claims were approximately $38.8 billion over the course of a 25-year period.
Surgery errors are the most common inpatient causes of medical malpractice, making up 34 percent of claims; diagnostic errors are the most common cause of outpatient medical malpractice claims, making up 46 percent of claims.
There are a number of causes behind medical malpractice claims. Regarding inpatient cases, these include:
Common causes of outpatient medical malpractice cases include:
You don’t have to suffer in silence. You have a legal right to collect compensation for any injuries that you sustain due to the incompetence and negligence of a medical provider. Our Kirkland medical malpractice attorney is standing ready to help you go to bat against the big insurers representing your doctor, dentist, or other medical practitioner. Contact Russell and Hill to schedule your no-cost case evaluation now.